Two Unique Proposals By Seaforth Maritime
Seaforth Maritime has announced revised plans for one of the North Sea's most ambitious project proposals—a floating airport with a 2,000-foot runway capable of taking four-engined 50-seat aircraft.
Seaforth originally proposed an airport based on the hull of a very large crude carrier, but has now opted for a new design based on a purpose-built semisubmersible hull structure offering good stability characteristics.
It would have three main levels, the runway on top, passenger lounges, restaurants, duty-free shops and travel offices on the second level, and aircraft and helicopter parking and maintenance areas on the third level.
The company believes the "Seaforth Stolport," as the project has been named, could revolutionize the transportation of personnel to and from 17 oil production platforms, which are likely to be in operation in the East Shetland Basin area by 1983.
Some of the world's worst weather conditions disrupt movements in and out of Sumburgh airport in the Shetland Islands. The floating airport would mean that flights could bypass Sumburgh and fly direct to the platforms from Aberdeen, saving costly manhours.
The floating airport, which the company believes could operate in Gale Force 8 conditions, would be maneuvered by built-in thrusters. The project is still at the theoretical stage.
Plans were also announced for a new multifunctional service vessel (MSV) for Shell (UK) Ltd. The company was awarded the main contract for the design, construc- tion supervision and operational management of the MSV in 1979.
The vessel will be 100 meters (328 feet) long, and have a helideck capable of taking the large Boeing Chinook helicopters; three high specification cranes; a sick bay; 17 firefighting monitors capable of delivering a total of 40,000 gallons of seawater per minute over a fire site; and a saturation diving system capable of handling a team of 24 divers in saturatic at any one time. It will be a fully dynamically positioned six-column semisubmersible vessel.
For further information, write John Ling, Seaforth Maritime Ltd., Seaforth Centre, Waterloo Quay, Aberdeen AB2 IBS, Scotland.
Other stories from March 15, 1980 issue
- N e w Container Cranes For Port Of O a k l a nd Expansion Program page: 6
- D r i l l i n g Rig Delivered To M a r i n e Drilling Co. By Bethlehem Steel page: 8
- M a n d a t o r y Use Of C o l l i s i o n A v o i d a n ce E q u i p m e n t Proposed page: 9
- A l l e n R. Stern N a m ed President Of I n g r am E x p l o r a t i o n C o m p a ny page: 9
- API Announces 1980 T a n k e r Conference Set For M a y 11-14 page: 11
- Bruce W e i n s t e in A p p o i n t e d C o o r d i n a t or At B u t t e r w o r t h Systems page: 11
- B&W Shipyard Delivers M / S ' W h i t e Nile' page: 12
- Gulf Fleet M a r i n e Adds 9 5 t h Vessel To Expanding O f f s h o r e Service Fleet page: 12
- M A R C O O f f e r s Literature On T r a w l i n g / S e i n i n g Winch page: 12
- N o r m a n Meyer A p p o i n t ed VP Of Sperry Unit page: 12
- Joint M e e t i n g Held By SNAME C h e s a p e a k e / A S N E Flagship Sections page: 14
- McDermott Restructures O p e r a t i n g Unit Into Five A r e a s Of Responsibility page: 14
- Mitsubishi Appoints Oosterhuis Industries Gulf Coast Distributor For Diesel Engines page: 18
- H o n g k o n g United Dock Ships 210-Ton Buoy For PEMEX page: 18
- $ 3 5 - M i l l i o n Two-Rig Contract For I n g a l ls page: 20
- S i n g a p o r e Signs Contract For Imodco H a r b o r T e r m i n al page: 20
- e l f - D u m p i n g Barge Launched By FMC page: 22
- J . J . Henry Co. Opens Houston Office page: 28
- Navidyne Receives Orders For Satellite Navigation Systems page: 38
- Zapata Orders Three Rigs Costing $105 Million page: 38
- Perry Oceanographies, Inc. Offers Services And Products Brochures page: 38
- Specifications Available On New Model Facsimile Receiver By Raytheon page: 40
- Gerald Albert Promoted To President Of EDO Corp. page: 40
- Technical Management Reorganization Announced By B&W Engineering page: 42
- John G. Rogers Appointed Facility Services Manager At Bethlehem Steel Corp. page: 42
- Morris Guralnick Assoc. Names Darrel W. Starr Jr. Chief Mechanical Engineer page: 44
- IHI Completes Accommodation Barge For Abu Dhabi Oilfield page: 44
- McDermott Unit Names Five New Vice Presidents page: 45
- R.J. Brown & Associates Receive Esso Contract For Pipeline Post-Trenching Plow page: 46
- Free Bulletins Describe Pourable Epoxy Resin Chocking System page: 48
- Hakenjos Named President Of A.G.C. Chapter page: 48
- SNAME San Diego Section Discusses LHA Rampwell Design page: 50
- George C. Cassa Promoted At J . J . Henry Co page: 50
- Bauer Elected President Engineering Controls page: 51
- P. Takis Veliotis Elected Executive VP-Marine At General Dynamics page: 51
- Sun Ship 'Christens' New Living Accommodations For Navy Crews page: 52
- Jumbo America, Inc.—New Heavy-Lift Co. Formed page: 52
- Schnitzer-Leven Marine Company Names Hemphill Marine Services Manager page: 52
- Literature Describes New Gems Shock Cushioned Liquid Level Switch page: 52
- John Farris Named To Planning Post At Pall Corporation page: 53
- Information Available On Oil Containment Boom page: 53
- N.Y. Metropolitan Section SNAME Hears Technical Paper On Finite Element Analysis Techniques page: 54
- Portable Ventilation Equipment Catalog Offered By Coppus page: 54
- Harry R. Kraus Appointed VP At Dravo Division page: 54
- Port Of New Orleans Mariners Club Elects New Officers & Directors page: 55
- Vickers Limited Announces Acquisition Of Jered Industries page: 56
- NASSCO Appoints Two To New Executive Posts page: 56
- Two Unique Proposals By Seaforth Maritime page: 56